Influences: Jesus, coffee, and Almost any music I hear. I've read several profiles and been excited about their influences, so I thought I'd list just a few here even though I honestly think it's too many to narrow. I grew up with a sister who was a teen in the 70s. Queen, Styx, Gordon Lightfoot, Jackson Brown, Beatles, Barry Mannilow, I was a teen in the 80s Men at Work, U2, XTC, Paul Simon, Anything on the radio Early Christian pop: Phil Keaggy, Leslie Phillips later: Christian music Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher, female country artists like Allison Craus, Casey Chambers, Just so much more I can't even think of them. :)
Please feel free to contact me directly:
I am a singer / songwriter in Southern California.
I've been writing music since 1989 or so, but writing under the mistaken impression that I could only write a song when I was inspired. I'm just recently learning how to chase and court and flirt and beg and encourage inspiration.
I've been singing since I was 6 years old primarily in church.
I will try playing almost any instrument, but my main instruments are guitar and voice.
Hi Rusty, I learned about biab last year here listening on fawm. I spent this year learning it and it has revolutionized my process. That uke sounds great btw
Hi Rusty. You said:
"Hey Berni, Your Liar song was really impressive. I'd love to know your work flow for writing all of those lyrics"
I often start from an opening couplet related to the theme. Then I kind of block out in my mind a structure - but without it becoming fixed in stone. In this case it was:
1. She's a liar and she's cheating on him. (Present)
2. How'd he get into this mess? (Background)
3. Will he get out of it and how? (Future)
This latter morphed into more background to what she was up to and the fact that she dropped him. I did try to squeeze in a few references to him being taken for all he had. But dropped them in an edit.
Some of the best lines (as usual) came from having set up a rhyme and turning to rhymezone for help. Scanning through the alternatives, I can usually come up with a tangential way to use that rhyme.
I saw that someone posted very early - lyrics only - and I was crestfallen to see they had used "pants on fire" which was central to my chorus. But I then sought a way to turn the line form the plain "pants on fire" image to something more dynamic. I thought "Now, fire? What do we do with fire. Warm ourselves?" That was the inspiration for that line.
Hi Rusty - I'm sure it's I who "missed the mark" in reading and understanding your lyrics too concretely. Thanks for clarifying the meaning 😀
Hey, thanks for the message, and definitely let me know about the So. Ca. FAWM after party.
Thanks for the comment on my song. I program the drums with a mouse and a grid and the drum instrument is the Abbey Road 70s drum library running on the free Kontakt player.
I process and mix them as separate audio tracks after I've got my drumbeat the way I want it rather than use the processing & mixer within the instrument.
Works for me! 😀
Ya dude - You've really got a sparky one there! You could leave it just as is, or make whatever tweaks you see fit. I'm trying to catch up on my "required listening and commenting", but I'm looking forward to getting back to hear the rest of your stuff.
Hey Rusty, thanks for leaving a comment on our song One More Way to Paradise. FAWM only allows us to tag only one person as a collaborator, and there were six of us in the room who co-wrote it. So I tagged everybody in the liner notes.
Hi Rusty! Cheers!